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04-24-2013, 03:13 AM #1
Putting Sand (Or Other Substrate) On Top of Gravel
I did try to search to see if this is already addressed, but now I'm giving up and just asking. :)
I have black gravel for substrate in my 55 gal tank. I decided to plant the back half of one side. If that goes well, I plant to plant the other side as well.
Apparently, I didn't have a deep enough layer of gravel, because even with robbing some from the other half of the tank, I still couldn't really get the plant roots buried well. And I have read that they should be in at least 3" deep of substrate. So I'm thinking that I need to buy more black gravel, and maybe it would work well to just take cupfuls of it, and gently pile that over and around each plant, so that the roots are not so exposed.
My real question is, do I have to use more black gravel, since that is what is underneath, or is there a better substrate I could add on top of the gravel, around each plant, that would be better for the plant growth? (I'd want it to be dark. I like the color of the black.)
I've been reading a lot about different plant substrates, and about Deep Sand Beds, and I'm wondering if a deep sand bed could be made by covering over the gravel with sand and letting it sink down in?
What are your thoughts about this idea?
04-24-2013, 03:21 AM #2
First, what ever you decide to put on top of the gravel will mix in with your gravel fairly quickly. If your into plant and dont have bottom feeders like Cories, Fluoride which comes in black, is said to benefit plant growth.Warning; Bulldog Pleco guarding my Sons tank now..
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04-24-2013, 04:30 AM #3
The smaller grained substrate will eventually end up underneath the larger, It's simply physics.
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04-24-2013, 05:11 AM #4
if you want a black plant substrate then flourite black or ecocomplete would be the way to go. all the smaller sands will settle in between the larger ones, thus the larger ones will come to the top. but thats not a horrible thing either. some people when they do a planted tank, they like to mix ratios of non planted substrate (cheapy stuff) and plant substrate (expensive) to get the depth they want. as long as you dont go more than a 50 50 mix it doesnt hurt anything too much.KING OF THE GOLD BARBS RAWR!!!!
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04-24-2013, 05:29 AM #5
04-24-2013, 02:22 PM #6
Thank you very much, everyone! Now to just decide what I will get. Maybe when I go to get it, I can pick up some more plants! (Says the newly addicted Plant Junkie...)
04-24-2013, 02:32 PM #7
04-24-2013, 11:49 PM #8
04-25-2013, 12:58 PM #9
I shouldn't have been surprised. I already knew that outdoor garden plants are addicting.